Chairman of DSM-5 Task Force & Others Belatedly Admit Conflict of Interest Related to...

The authors of a paper that endorses a computerized test for depression have acknowledged failure to disclose joint ownership of a company formed to bring the test to...

Mental Health Documentary “Healing Voices” Premiers Across 130 Communities in 8 Countries

The producers of “Healing Voices” ­‐ a new social action documentary about mental health ­‐ are releasing the film via community screening partners in...

JAMA Review Questions Use of Ritalin for ‘ADHD’

In December, MIA  reported on a systematic Cochrane review on the research for the safety and effectiveness of Ritalin (methylphenidate) that found substantial bias...
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Two Out of Three Find Antidepressant Effects Not Worth Burdens

New study reveals: 2 in 3 people need more than the current antidepressant benefits to consider them worthwhile.

Antidepressants Associated With Increased Driving Risk

Researchers from the Taiwan and the United States find through a study of 5,183 subjects with motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and 31,093 matched controls...
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Patients Express Anger at Doctors’ Ignorance About Antidepressant Withdrawal Effects

Antidepressant users share their frustrations towards a healthcare system that overprescribes but is ill-equipped to support with discontinuation and withdrawal symptoms.

Consumer Reports: Antipsychotics in Children Rises Despite Questions of Safety & Efficacy

Consumer Reports writes that the number of children prescribed antipsychotics has tripled over the last 10 to 15 years, despite a lack of evidence...

Listening to the Patient Voice: The Antidepressant Withdrawal Experience

Patient advocates join with researchers and service users to present first-hand experiences of antidepressant withdrawal.

Antipsychotics Change the Architecture of the Colon

Researchers in Singapore find that antipsychotic medications are associated with changes to colonic architecture, which could result in difficult colonoscopy and increased colonoscopy-related risks....

On Becoming Critical

In order for you to understand where I am coming from, you probably need to know a bit about how I got here. Throughout my psychiatric training I had always, in the back of mind, this question: What is the difference between my suffering and those of my patients? How come they get all this treatment and I got none? Why do they have a ‘brain disease’ (there was a time when I tentatively believed in this sort of thing), whilst I, who was at times symptomatically severe enough to warrant medication, have no brain disease? The answer seems plain to me now. I had suffered exactly in the same way as many of the people I see every day do, but I had been lucky enough to avoid labeling and drugging.

FDA Warns About New Impulse-Control Problems Associated With Abilify

Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning that the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole or Abilify is associated with compulsive and uncontrollable...

Cortisol Levels Increased in Youth at Risk for Psychosis

Researchers from Columbia University and the Institute of Neurosciences in Barcelona assessed cortisol levels in 33 patients at clinical high risk of psychosis. Cortisol...

Researchers Pressure Psychiatric Journal to Retract Misleading Celexa Study

In 2004, the American Psychiatric Association published a paper supporting the use of the antidepressant citalopram (Celexa) in children and teens. After reanalyzing the...

British Government Plans to Illegalize All Unapproved Psychoactive Substances

A Kings College London psychiatrist worries what broad new British restrictions on psychoactive substances could mean for psychedelic research.

Boston Court Reinstates Neurontin Class-Action Lawsuit

Pfizer may face lawsuits regarding improper marketing of Neurontin after a Boston court reinstated lawsuits that had been denied class-action status by lower courts....

Childhood Trauma Predicts Risk of Violence in Psychosis

A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research finds the strongest association between a history of childhood trauma and the risk of violence...

Experts Raise Ethical Concerns About Machine Learning in Medicine

The use of machine learning algorithms (known as artificial intelligence) in the medical field raises a slew of ethical concerns.

Researchers Seek Standardized and Safe Antidepressant Tapering Protocol

A new study promotes the use of a standardized approach to antidepressant tapering.

Two Canadian Sources of Independent Health & Mental Health Research Shut Down

The Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN), for two decades a major source of critical, independent research and information on women's health and mental health,...

Psychiatrist Asks Field to Drop Schizophrenia Classification

Dutch psychiatrist and epidemiologist, Jim van Os, has renewed his call to drop schizophrenia as a disease classification. “Several recent papers by different authors...

Most Media Health Stories Pump Positives, Minimize Harms

A "Special Communication" by publisher Gary Schwitzer published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that most news media present very...

Link Between Childhood Adversity and Psychosis Withstands Scrutiny

Researchers from Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands find, in a study of 226 monozygotic twins, that where there is a correlation between childhood adversity...

Massachusetts Launches New Strengths-Based Early Psychosis Program

ServiceNet, a mental health and human service agency in western Massachusetts, received a three year, two million dollar grant to launch a program designed to support young adults who have recently experienced their first episode of psychosis. The Prevention and Recovery Early Psychosis (PREP) program is funded by the Massachusetts department of mental health and is designed to treat psychosis as a symptom, not an illness, resulting from other illnesses, substance abuse, trauma, or extreme stress.

Common Parkinson’s Drugs Linked to Pathological Gambling and Hypersexuality

"Pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping and other impulse control disorders were associated with the use of dopamine receptor agonists, often prescribed for Parkinson’s disease,...

Service-Users Who Found CBT Unhelpful Offer Their Perspectives

Counseling clients in the UK who found CBT unhelpful were interviewed about their experiences.